Absenteeism, Safe Transportation and Principal Retention Are Priorities for DCPS Chancellor Lewis Ferebee

The new DCPS Chancellor recently shared his “top of mind” priorities during a working session with the State Board of Education.

Ferebee highlighted the need to address attendance issues starting as early as Pre-K, the importance of safe transportation to and from schools, and combatting principal turnover.

The new chancellor suggested that he and other DC officials need to “sink their teeth into” attendance issues in early childhood programs, given that some pre-K students are missing up to 80 days per school year. Later acknowledging that absenteeism is also a problem in upper grades, Ferebee said he’ll be sending official letters with his signature to high school students and their parents noting chronic absences.

Read more about the chancellor’s priorities and messaging during the April 4th working session here.

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